• What I believe in ...

    Over the past 20-plus years, plenty of people have claimed to know this and that about me, even about things I don’t often talk about in these columns, or the stories I have written.

    Sometimes it’s about politics. Others speculate about my faith, the little chapel I built, sexual orientation and my thoughts on everything from abortion to the death penalty to the existence of UFOs.

    But for those who want to know a little more about me, sit down, take a deep breath and hang on.


  • Tobacco sales should be for those 21 and older only

    Tobacco use remains a significant public health scourge across the country. There are few places where the problem is more pronounced than Indiana.

    U.S. Sen. Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, has joined forces with a bipartisan group of senators to attack the issue on a key front – by proposing a bill that would raise the federal minimum age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21.

    It’s a good idea worthy of support. Our communities would benefit from having tobacco products more tightly controlled in this way.

  • Having your say on public education

    Jennifer McCormick – who will be the last state superintendent of public instruction elected by Indiana voters – has a message for Hoosiers.

    Speak up.

    In a speech earlier this month, McCormick, whose elected position will become a governor-appointed one beginning in January 2021, encouraged the public to be a voice for public schools.

  • Tobacco to 21 Act proposal good for state, nation

    Despite widespread support for a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21 in Indiana, the measure stalled in the recently-concluded legislative session.​

    Here’s hoping that a bipartisan bill introduced by Indiana Sen. Todd Young – which would accomplish this goal nationally – succeeds.

    The Tobacco to 21 Act would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. Young noted in a recent phone interview that public health experts call the move an “incredibly impactful policy change.”

  • Measles fight hinges on vaccinations, facts

    Many recent measles outbreaks in the U.S. have been centered in large cities but that doesn’t mean there is no risk here.  That’s why it’s so important for all children to be vaccinated – against measles and other common childhood diseases.

  • Buttigieg’s wire tap issue a black-and-white fallacy

    The road to the White House is never black and white nor clearly defined. But for Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg it is just that, a matter that he is white and how he’s perceived by blacks – not because of his words or explicit actions, but at another’s misdeed.

  • Always on the line, thank you 911 dispatchers

    This week is Public Telecommunications Operators Week, an overly complex name for a time set aside each year to thank the people who answer the phone when we dial 911. Perry County is well served by dispatchers who work from the Tell City Police Department. In case you didn’t know, the dispatching station that relays calls for police, fire departments, ambulances and conservation officers is staffed around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The place never closes.

  • Thank you, volunteers for countless acts of service

    National Volunteer Week wrapped up yesterday, a perfect time to thank everyone in our county who volunteers their time and talents to the many community groups that improve life in so many ways.

    Millions and millions of Americans make volunteering part of their daily lives. In fact, a recent Volunteering In America study prepared by the Corporation for National and Community Service revealed that 77.4 million people, or 30.3 percent of the population, volunteered through an organization in 2017.

  • A slow but steady shift to renewable energy

    Recently, an Indiana environmental group called the Evangelical Environmental Network petitioned Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb with 21,000 signatures demanding “100 percent renewable energy in the state by 2030.”

    Calls for a complete changeover in Indiana to renewable energy sources over the next decade might not be a realistic goal.

  • Laws needed to protect journalists

    Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to. The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders that represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.